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Adair County Commissioners approve Mark Twain transmission line

The Mark Twain Transmission Route was the topic at a public hearing in Kirksville on Tuesday. (Photo: KTVO/Louis Finley)

The Mark Twain Transmission Project proposed by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) is moving forward, for now.

After a lengthy meeting Tuesday night, Adair County Commissioners voted to grant assent to the project. The vote was 2-to-1, with Mark Thompson casting the lone opposition vote.

ATXI President Shawn Schukar told KTVO in a statement: "ATXI is grateful to everyone who took the time to provide their feedback on route preferences. The final route selection was based on community input."

This route will utilize 90 percent of existing rights-of-way due to a new partnership with Northeast Power.

Although assent to the project was granted, some local landowners are still unhappy with the route the line will take.

Many fear their farmland will be destroyed and property values will be diminished.

A new substation named Zachary will also be constructed in Adair County.

Tuesday morning, Schuyler County Commissioners also granted assent to the line.

Now, ATXI will take the proposed project to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to ask for a "Certificate of Convenience and Necessity" in order to begin construction.

If the PSC approves the project, ATXI hopes to have the line up and running by 2019.

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